WINE & SPIRITS
EH TAYLOR STRAIGHT RYE BOURBON (750 ML)
Col. E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey is Bottled-in-Bond, with a mashbill of rye and malted barley that ensures the sweetness of corn won’t overwhelm rye’s distinctive character. “Bottled-In-Bond” means that this Rye is the product of one distillation season, of one distiller, at one distillery, has been aged in a federally-bonded warehouse supervised by the U.S. Government for at least four years, and bottled at 100 Proof (50% alcohol). The practice dates to the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, which was passed to guarantee that consumers were buying real whiskey, and was strongly supported by Col. E.H. Taylor. The whiskey’s deep golden copper promises a classic Rye, and it’s bouquet is one of the most complex I’ve sampled. There’s a lot happening here, with several styles of spice and sweetness complimenting each other. Tobacco and black raspberries, cardamom and caramel, dill and toffee are the most distinguished pairings, and repeated nosings find them engaged in a Bop-like interplay. The spice takes the lead but never dominates, allowing the sweet aromas to improvise freely.